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Automobile - March 2010 - cover

Automobile - March 2010
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Automobile - March 2009 - review

You'd expect a sixty-six chapter, three-volume tome by the venerable Karl Ludvigsen to be definitive, and it is. First published in 1977, the latest edition offers in-depth information on everything Porsche, from the Type 356 through the yet-to-be-introduced Panamera Hybrid. But while other authors focus only on the cars, Ludvigsen crafts wonderful prose about the people - executives, designers, and engineers - who make the company that builds the cars. Even if it's too daunting to read cover-to-cover, you can open to any page and expect to learn something new every time with this unimaginably complete work.

The only shortcoming is that Ludvigsen's narrative concludes just before Porsche's shocking financial collapse and takeover by Volkswagen this past summer. We can only assume that this will provide plenty of grist for Ludvigsen's insider storytelling in a future revision.

Karl Ludvigsen
Karl Ludvigsen

In addition to his motor industry activities as an executive (with GM, Fiat and Ford) and head of a consulting company, Karl Ludvigsen has been active for over 50 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor he has some four dozen books to his credit. Needless to say, they are all about cars and the motor industry, Karl's life-long passion.

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